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Kirk MacNeil

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  • White Plume Mountain: Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Paul Kidd
    • Narrated By Bernard Setaro Clark
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    A remorseless ranger. A sentient hell hound pelt with a penchant for pyromania. An irksome pixie who sells intrigue and information. Three companions who find themselves trapped in a city filled with warring priestly factions, devious machinations, and an angry fiend. To save the city, they must find three weapons of power, which lie in the most trap-laden, monster-infested place this side of Acererak's tomb: White Plume Mountain.

    TW Brown, Author, Editor, and Reviewer says: "A trip down memory lane...with monsters."
    "Justice Incarnate With Just a Hint of Flippant Fae"
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    Where does White Plume Mountain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best I have listened too. The character has that Greyhawk feel and is well placed in the original D&D setting. Very well written and very well read.This is a must for anyone that has played D&D when they were young.Chaotic good portrayed in a setting where law is what you say it is when you are out in the wild. Good folk judging bad folk and kicking their butts because they did wrong.


    What other book might you compare White Plume Mountain to and why?

    This book and it's series is right up there with March up Country read by Rudniki. Both are excellent character builds with stories that propel the main character and their groups into the story.


    What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The tempo is well done and the timing is right on. I read this book many years ago and this reading by Bernard did it justice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this book and the next in the series were what I was looking for. It would be excellent for a cross country trip in a car or a long flight across an ocean.


    Any additional comments?

    The characters work well against each other. Polk the teamster is a character everyone knows. No matter how well you do something he makes comments on how it could have been done better, Always there with advice until you ask him his experience and find out he has none. Good nature, well meaning but a know it all makes for a good chuckle from time to time. Throw in a clepto faerie to match wits with the main character who believes justice over all and you you have cocktail for good laughs, interesting situations and the mix to make good friendships.Read it and it's series and you won't regret it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taint of the Black Brigade: Eberron: Chronicles of Abraxis Wren, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Paul Crilley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    When a woman from his past turns up looking for help in clearing her name, Abraxis Wren must set aside his memories of their past encounters to unravel the mystery of the Black Brigade. An elite and deadly squad from the Last War is being murdered one by one. The trail of blood leads to untold treasure - if Wren can only reach it before the murderer does! 2008 Scribe Award winner Paul Crilley returns to the world of Eberron with a dark adventure full of murder and mystery.

    Kirk MacNeil says: "The ego in an Inquisitive"
    "The ego in an Inquisitive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you want a good romp around Eberron this is a good novel to do it. A well to do investigator with an ego to match. The main character is written in a way that you know he is excellent at his profession but you would like to throw him off a boat even if he was working for you. Arrogance incarnate with an intelligence to match. His dwarven companion is a good foil to the main character Abraxis Wren and keeps him well grounded like a good dwarf should.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    You have to wonder why his dwarven companion stay with Wren up until the time when Wrens ego needs to be popped and Wren needs to be deflated a bit to keep him in line.

    If not for the dwarf, Wren would have been knifed long ago and perished in a back alley.

    If Abraxis is a cloud then his companion the dwarf is the mountain that allows it to touch the ground.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one is on par with the others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This is the type of book you can stop and restart and take a few days to listen too.

    Its a good listen but not one that need to be rushed.


    Any additional comments?

    Abraxis can be quite irritating at times which shows how well it is written. I would have liked to see more of the thought processes that went into some of his decisions before you hear the end product of his plans.

    A good listen in a fantasy world. Sharn could have been more gritty but it was still a job well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sails in the Fallout: Dungeons & Dragons: Gamma World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Paul Kidd
    • Narrated By Amanda Carlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In the fall of 2012, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, embarked on a series of high-energy experiments. No one knows exactly what went wrong, but in the blink of an eye, thousands of possible universes all condensed into a single reality.... Between a desert and a dried up sea lies the town of Watering Hole, the only oasis for miles and the home of our intrepid heroes Shaani and Xoota. After some rather harrowing adventures in the desert, they are followed home by a swarm of empathic earwigs.

    Kirk MacNeil says: "Rats and rodents where the rubber hits the road."
    "Rats and rodents where the rubber hits the road."
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    If you could sum up Red Sails in the Fallout in three words, what would they be?

    Inventive, imaginative,fun.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sails in the Fallout?

    When, tongue in cheek, the main character's name the intelligent plant, Russel.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the land shark gets attacked by the razorback pigs. The troupe losses it's water in the attack. Stranded in the desert with water gone the group gets blown off course only to end up in more danger when they crash their land sail into an oasis.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No I found coming bask to it after a few hours a good stint in the post apocalyptic world.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a romp with gamma irradiated rodents that have lots of character. It shows just how animalistic humans can be and how human evolved rodents, bugs and plants can be.
    Wigwig is a real treat!

    Worth the read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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